First developed in 1100 AD, Daitoryu has over 2,000 waza or techniques. Initially, Daitoryu was a Samurai art used when the warrior lost his weapon, or it was broken. Daitoryu was an unarmed means to overcome an armed opponent, take his weapon and continue fighting.
As in most Asian martial arts, there is no first strike in Daitoryu. In response to an attack, and after a block or tai sabaki movement (to avoid being struck or kicked), Daitoryu relies on what is called the Trinity of Daitoryu:
A knock-down punch or kick;
Daitoryu is an effective self-defense art that can be used by anyone, regardless of size, strength or age. Techniques work biomechanically, and require little or no strength in their application. Daitoryu techniques are multi-purpose as any one of the basic techniques can be used for virtually any type of attack. The first technique, Ikkajo, is an effective counter to punches, grabs, chokes, or even kicks. Regardless if it is a punch to the face, a grab from behind, or a kick to the groin, Ikkajo can allow you to defend yourself and control the opponent. Daitoryu is taught and used by many police departments, the Japanese Defense Force (Japanese Army), as well as many security contractors throughout Japan .
A throwing form of technique;
A controlling technique. The techniques also often attack nerve bundles and joint manipulation.